Jeremy "Jay" Jopling (b. 1963) is an English art dealer and gallery owner. He is closely associated with the YBA artists and his gallery White Cube represents the commercial interests of YBAs Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Marc Quinn, and Sam Taylor-Wood, whom he married in 1997.
Life and career 
Jopling is the son of Lord Jopling—a Conservative politician who served for some time as Minister for Agriculture and Chief Whip in the Conservative Government led by Margaret Thatcher. He was brought up in Yorkshire and educated at Eton and Edinburgh University, where he studied art history. His first job was selling fire extinguishers door-to-door. Jopling married the artist Sam Taylor-Wood in 1997. The couple had two daughters before announcing their separation on September 19, 2008.
As a university student, Jopling visited Manhattan, where he forged links with post-war American artists, encouraging them to donate works for the charity auction "New Art: New World." In the late 1980s, he formed a friendship with the artist Damien Hirst. Hirst had already sold a number of works to the influential collector Charles Saatchi, but Jopling enabled the artist to realise more ambitious projects including the sculpture 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' and more recently the diamond skull 'For the Love of God'.
Initially, Jopling only supported a small list of artists including Hirst, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Marc Quinn, organising exhibitions in warehouses. In 1993, he opened White Cube gallery in Duke Street, St. James's, London. In 2000, the gallery opened a second larger space in Hoxton and in 2006, he opened a third gallery in Mason's Yard, off Piccadilly. Along the way, Jopling has acquired representation of a number of young British artists including his ex-wife Sam Taylor-Wood, the Chapman Brothers, Gilbert & George and Gary Hume as well as international artists including Chuck Close, Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Marclay, Sarah Morris, Gabriel Orozco, Doris Salcedo, Mona Hatoum, Miroslaw Balka and Jeff Wall.
Notes and references 
- Oliver Bennett, "Jay Jopling: the man who became a pain in the arts," The Times, March 29, 2009
- Rose Aidin (2002-09-22). "Brit art's square dealer moves on | From the Observer | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- "The rise and rise of Jay Jopling - Profiles - People". The Independent. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- "Entertainment | Powerful art-world marriage ends". BBC News. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Official Website
- Photographic portrait by Harry Borden at the National Portrait Gallery.
- White Cube Website
- Tim Marlow Interview On White Cube
- Guardian Article (09/2002)
- Independent Article